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You Love Him. You Trust Him. So Why Are You So Scared?

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s ca
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 25th 2018
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Chelsey Sam sent the pictures to herself in England. She lied when she said she sent them to Carrie. She said that to try to save herself. She went to England…moreSam sent the pictures to herself in England. She lied when she said she sent them to Carrie. She said that to try to save herself. She went to England but called the cops on her way out of town. She told them where the bodies were And who was involved. Carrie was there and Carrie told the cops that lynsey raised the gun first and so Dennis shot her in self defence. To me, I believe that Sam did this on her own. She wanted Dennis back in jail. She liked their relationship that way. I don’t think Dennis wanted her to call them and that’s why she called the cops from a pay phone and obscures her voice, so Dennis wouldn’t know it was her. (less)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Penguin Books
I'd be lying if I said that I didn't jump on this blog tour because of the hype I've seen surrounding this book; The Innocent Wife has pretty much taken over my Goodreads and Twitter feeds, and for good reason. Bloggers have been finding this story addictive, compulsive, and twisted-all reasons that made me want to pick this one up. This new collection of crime fiction novels that are formatted as documentaries (or mock-umentaries) are extremely popular and it is a format I have become rather fo ...more
Maureen
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Dennis Danson is a convicted killer on death row, having been charged with the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. He claims he's innocent and has a huge following, who believe in his innocence. After twenty years in prison, his case is now the subject of a true crime documentary, which raises his profile to an ever increasing audience, particularly online. Thousands of miles away in the UK, Samantha, a schoolteacher, is one of those who become infatuated with him, she b ...more
Deanna
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.”

As soon as I read that line in the description, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book!

Samantha (Sam) is a thirty-one-year-old school teacher from England. She has always felt very alone. She needed something or someone to believe in, and in Dennis Danson, she found both. It all started after she watched a documentary “Framing t
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Kaceey
2.5*
Sam is a young woman living a lonely, quiet life in the UK. Now, in the blink of an eye, she finds herself caught up in an international buzz involving a death-row inmate in the US, named Dennis.
As the latest media firestorm sweeps the digital world, seemingly everyone is outraged and rallying to free this un-justly convicted "felon". Documentary crews are busy researching and filming. And the Who’s Who of Hollywood elite are standing behind Dennis, throwing money and support towards his cau
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Diane S ☔
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
Sometimes when reviewing a book that I personally could not relate to, I think maybe I'm too hard to please with some of these thrillers. Then I think that having read so many I am in a unique position to judge what appeals and what does not, what makes sense and what doesn't. Another plot taken from current tv viewing, a man on death row, so many believe he is innocent and fighting to get him released. Sound familiar?

A fictional story doesn't have to make complete sense, but I do think that the
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Kendall
As soon as I read the premise of the storyline.... my twitchy fingers requested this on Netgalley. I was super excited to dive into this read!

Dennis Danson is a convicted murderer on death row for killing a young girl in Florida's Red River County. Dennis has claimed from day one his innocence....and also has a huge group of followers that support his innocence. One of these followers, Samantha, a schoolteacher has become obsessed with Dennis and starts sending him letters in prison. Gradually,
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
3.5 stars

This novel follows the investigation of a murder trial through a true crime documentary series twenty years after the trial. Dennis Danson was convicted of a brutal murder and has been sitting in prison for two decades. He has a following of ‘fans’ who believe he is innocent. One of these ‘fans’ is a young school teacher, Samantha, who writes to him in prison, marries him and helps him fight for release.

I found this to be a fast read that had me intrigued throughout. It had similarities
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Susanne  Strong
2.25 Stars* (rounded down)

Sam is a teacher in England who incessantly follows the story of a man imprisoned for murder. His name is Dennis Dawson and he was arrested for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida twenty years prior. Now he is the subject of a documentary that is trying to prove his innocence. Sam can’t help but be drawn in. Dennis is a handsome and charismatic man. She starts corresponding with him and the two form a relationship. Before she knows it she is traveling to Florid
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Carrie
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
As soon as I read the description of The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd I knew that this was a book that I needed to read. I’ve heard of woman becoming pen pals to prisoners and forming relationships with them so my curiosity of just what the author would do with this subject was definitely high.

When reading I thought that the set up of Samantha seeing the documentary with Dennis Danson behind bars and those trying to prove his innocence was perfect for today’s society. While I hadn’t watched Making
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Dennis
Well... any time I start a new book and finish it within the same day will always get a 5 star rating from me. I picked up The Innocent Wife this morning on my subway commute to work and couldn't put it down! I read it during my lunch break, commute home, on the stair master (I literally kept going until my legs tired—so keep that in mind if you need a cardio read), and when I got home. It was just that addicting!

Twenty years ago, high school jock, Dennis Danson was arrested for the murder of
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: They sat rigid, unspeaking. Sam unwilling to back down and Dennis confused, possibly wondering what he had got himself into, she thought, disgusted with herself. But it was happening now, the worms inside her were squirming, and she couldn't stop them.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man wh
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Holly  B
2.5
Wild Gone Wrong...

I can't explain my reaction to this book because it was all over the place and yet I did want to continue reading!

Samantha lives in England, but she still falls for Dennis Danson who was convicted of murdering a young woman twenty years ago in Florida. He was 18 at the time and has been incarcerated and on Death Row since his conviction. A documentary is being filmed to support new evidence and try to get Dennis released.

Sam and Dennis marry and then this story goes complet
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Nicki
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often a book comes along that you really enjoy but you can't really work out why,well for me this is most definitely one of those books.

This riveting thriller is a tale that is split into two halves that are set before and after Dennis is released from prison.

Our main protagonist is Samantha who is a teacher,she lives in England and has recently been dumped by her boyfriend.Quite a number of other reviewers have stated that they found Sam annoying and irritating but because she had a nu
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Mandy
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the the story of Sam, a schoolteacher living in England who has developed a fixation with Dennis Danson. Dennis is on death row in America, having been found guilty of murder. Sam travels to see Dennis, and falls in love with him. The two marry, and then Dennis is released, his prosecution overturned, and he becomes an even bigger celebrity than he was before. But Sam begins to see a different side to Dennis, and she starts to wonder if maybe he could be guilty of other killings.
I found
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Louise Wilson
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A schoolteacher falls for a man on death row who she believes is falsely accused. Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida's Red River County. Now he's the subject of Making a Murder - style documentary. Samantha is thousands of miles away in Britian, but she is as invested in Dennis's case as any of his lawyers.

The plot to this story is mainly based on did he or did he not do it. Samantha writes to Danson on death row, falls in love with him
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Rachel
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 very twisted stars

This psychological thriller has some pretty messed up characters and some amazing twists!

SUMMARY
Bored with her life and reeling from a very bad break up, Samantha becomes obsessed with Dennis, a high profile death row prisoner. She summons the courage to write to him and is thrilled when he writes back. They develop a relationship which culminates in her leaving England, moving to Florida and marrying him.

Since Dennis's case is highly publicized, he has a large group of infl
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Rachel Hall
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Innocent Wife is the uneven debut novel of Amy Lloyd and its conception and release is no doubt intended to capitalise on the surge in interest of documentaries such as “Making a Murderer”, which investigated the potential gross miscarriage of justice that led to a man’s long-term incarceration. Although there is no doubting that the novel does become increasingly compelling in the second half once the story focuses on the dynamics of the marriage and the media circus has largely ex
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Carlos
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this book, weak character, weak plot and a very unsatisfactory ending at least for me . It felt like a cheap movie .
Whispering Stories
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

School teacher Samantha lives in England and becomes obsessed with a man she has never met via a TV documentary. The documentary features death row prisoner Dennis Danson who has spent the last twenty years behind bars for the brutal murder of a teenager when he was just eighteen-years-old.

The documentary looks at the case, new evidence and whether Dennis could, in fact, be innocent. Could he have been wrongly convicted?

Sam begins to write to D
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Zuky the BookBum
This novel could have been so good, had it not been for the excessive waffle and annoying characters. I enjoyed a lot of this story but in the end, the conclusion really let this novel down.

Ever since Making a Murderer came out, I've seen hundreds of non fiction books and new documentaries tackling the subject of the wrongfully convicted. However, I hadn't seen many fiction books taking on the topic which is what lured me into reading this one. I think the plot for this one was quite unique for
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BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Samantha becomes infatuated with Dennis Danson, a man who has been incarcerated for the murder of a young girl for twenty years. He claims he is innocent and has a large online following of supporters who strongly believe in his innocence, Samantha being one of them. She begins to correspond with him, then travels to America to visit him and shortly after marries him.

After a successful campaign for Dennis' release due to new evidence, Samantha is thrust into a new reality, having to begin her ma
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Malia
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I didn't dislike The Innocent Wife, but it was quite a bit slower than I anticipated. Also, I listened to the audiobook and the narration switching between British English and a Texan accent was a bit jarring. That being said, the story was engaging and the writing polished. Ultimately, I did guess at the ending, but it was still never boring. I would read another book by this author in the future.

Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com
Sara
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Samantha has an usual pen pal - death row inmate Dennis, who proclaims his innocence over the brutal killing of Holly Michaels. Determined to campaign for his freedom, Sam becomes embroiled in a documentary that hopes to free Dennis. But maybe Sam should be careful what she wishes for. Is Dennis really as innocent as he sayss he is?

This is a really interesting and unique premise for a thriller. It doesn't follow the typical layout
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The Book Review Café
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐

When I read the book description for The Innocent Wife I knew it was one I had to read. I’ve often wondered about the woman and men who write to prisoners on death row, and then go on to fall in love with them. I’m sure the reasons are complex and way beyond my comprehension, but intriguing never the less. If you are a fan of true crime documentaries then this is a book you won’t want to miss, as it’s a story which reads very much like a true crime story.

As you will see from the book descri
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Laura Rash
This one was a disappointment for me. I’d read some good reviews on it but it just didn’t do it for me. It seemed like immature writing & unrealistic to actual eye rolls. Maybe I’ve read too many thrillers so I have high expectations but this one fell flat.
Blair
In the 90s, a documentary film makes Dennis Danson – imprisoned at 18 for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence – something of a cause célèbre. Our protagonist, Sam, is introduced to the case by her boyfriend, and becomes obsessed, spending hours on forums with other fans, researching the case and attempting to uncover new evidence that will exonerate Dennis. When her relationship breaks down, she begins writing to him. It’s their correspondence that leads to her involvement in the original fil ...more
Roman Clodia
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it


Ever since I learned about women who write to, fall in love with and marry men on Death Row, I've been fascinated by this phenomenon, so this book was a must-read. Lloyd keeps the first three-quarters or so beautifully on track as Samantha obsesses about a handsome killer, gets involved in the campaign to free him and marries him, despite him being effectively a stranger.

Alongside this main story is a sub-strand which calls into question Samantha's own past behaviour and quite how balanced she
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Frank Phillips
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.2-4.5 Stars here! I had somewhat low expectations for this one because of all the mixed reviews and some of my more reliable fellow book nerds' opinions, but this in no way shape or form disappointed me! This book was so fast-paced I found it hard to put down, I can't remember when I've read a book like that in all honesty! I love True Crime documentary and this reads very much indeed like one. I enjoyed the tension and the build-up throughout up until the very end. If I had to make some criti ...more
Alaina
Super weird mystery.

The Innocent Wife sounded like a good book but it was kind of boring with a dash of predictability. However, I will admit that the ending did kind of throw me off a little bit.. but not that much. Which is probably confusing as hell - sorry?

This book follows Samantha and Dennis. Sam is slowly falling in love with Dennis, who just happens to be in jail for murder. No, not any kind of murder - brutal ass murder of a young girl. Of course Sam doesn't think he's guilty, nope- she
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Innocent Wife was a brilliantly immersive read - if you watched Making A Murderer you'll probably like this - taking that type of premise as a starting point then taking the reader on a kind of "behind the scenes" journey - focusing on Sam, obsessed with the subject to the point that she drops everything, moves to the States and ultimately marries him. Then, however, the campaign is successful and she's faced with living with a man she barely knows and who may not be as innocent as he seems. ...more
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Amy Lloyd won the Daily Mail and Penguin Random House First Novel competition in 2016 with her thriller 'The Innocent Wife'.
“And something would because women were so stupid. They thought a man like Mark would appreciate them more, that because he was dull and ugly he would love them just for loving him. But it wasn’t how it worked; she knew this now. Even the fat and boring ones thought they were entitled to more.” 1 likes
“telling women they didn’t want a relationship but really, Sam knew, just holding out for something better to come their way. And something would because women were so stupid. They thought a man like Mark would appreciate them more, that because he was dull and ugly he would love them just for loving him. But it wasn’t how it worked; she knew this now. Even the fat and boring ones thought they were entitled to more.” 0 likes
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